Yalda Younes: Seeking Stillness in the City of Action

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Part yoga student, part flamenco dancer, and all-around bewitching person, Yalda Younes has studied her crafts in India and Spain, and now has a flourishing business and creative practice as a yoga teacher and performer here in Beirut. Her most recent dance performance, “A Universe Not Made for Us,” is a collaboration with her husband, […]

Nada Helou: Restoring Fortresses of Faith Through Mosaics

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Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief With 7,000 years of history to its name, a stunning array of civilizations have left their mark on Lebanon. Nada Helou is part of a group of archeologists who discovers, preserves, and fights for mosaics and frescos. Based far away from the hustle and bustle of Beirut, Nada Helou […]

Coffee & Politics: Bringing Politics Back to the People

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Most of today’s youth feel alienated from political life, and it’s easy to see why. Lebanon arguably has one of the most mind-boggling political arrangements in the world. Eighteen different sects with shifting alliances haggle over a tiny country whose wounds from the Lebanese Civil War have far from healed. Tracy Nehme has been pushing […]

Eshmun: The Phoenician God of Healing

Green landscape with ruins

When heading from Beirut to Sidon, one can’t help but notice the luxurious vegetation that surrounds the Awali River. The site of Eshmun lies within this lush valley of citrus groves, thus spreading its aromatic fragrances to roll back time and accompany the visitor in their discovery of this unique place. A site rich with mythology and history, […]

Not Just a Selfie Backdrop! Exploring Beirut with Walking Tours

In 17th century Europe, young, affluent, educated men would pack their trunks of Oxford shoes and tweed jackets, and go on a grand tour of the continent. They would travel for a year or more, by carriage, horse and train, to see the sites: Paris, the great Italian cities, the Alps, Viennese balls, Greek ruins, […]

The New Mountain Explorers – Virtual Games and Activities

How can you nurture a child’s appreciation of nature? How can they learn that when a mountain is destroyed, it’s irreversible? One answer is to teach them. For parents and teachers who want Lebanese children to understand what a wonder the Lebanese Mountains are, the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association has created a new online learning […]